Secrets of Success

Declutter And Help Others

0SHARES

26

MEMBERS SPARKED

Once a month I fill a plastic egg crate with items I don't need and donate it to the Salvation Army or another local thrift store. It's a good way to get rid of clothes that no longer fit (hopefully due to weight loss) and it helps those in need. Other items are also helpful - the towel with the bleach stain on it can help a shelter animal, the duplicate blanket or coat you got for Christmas can help a homeless person, etc.

If you keep track of it, you can even get a tax write off!

More Information:

Make sure that the items you are donating are ones that you would be willing to buy new. Charities can't use broken or stained items. Also make sure the charity is taking donations of items before taking them in. Call ahead.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment
Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click Report Inappropriate Secret and our staff will review it.

Member Comments

  • YESITWORKED
    thank you all of these are good ideas. - by YESITWORKED
  • I ease the burden of proving to the IRS that the items are new or in excellent condition by taking a photo to keep with the receipt the charity gives me. - by HAWKTHREE
  • Another way to reduce is to use freecycle - one man's trash is another man's treasure! - by HEALTHYLU1
  • Great ideas - especially loved the animal shelter thought - by CFPUNKIN
  • SWEET-SUE
    That egg crate idea for little things is a great idea. I am now inspired to put together some things I didn't know what to do with...to give to Good Will. Thanks for sharing.
    emoticon - by SWEET-SUE
  • I love to donate or recycle any way I can! - by DEBBLO

Leave a Comment

Leave encouragement, a question, or anything else relevant to this. All comments must abide by SparkPeople's Community Guidelines.

Log in to post a comment.